Authentic Assessment: What it is, and why it is important.

Authentic assessments are needed now more than ever because they can positively impact student engagement, decrease academic integrity violations, and teach students how to deal with an ambiguous and uncertain world. This session defines authentic assessments, considers the importance of rooting authentic assessment in the teaching self, and provides practical guidance for constructing more authentic assessments using the five-dimension framework for authentic assessments. Moving towards more authentic assessment approaches presents challenges, however, and this session concludes by discussing some of the challenges involved in moving towards more authentic assessment approaches. Medicine Hat College's Director of Teaching and Learning Jason Openo…
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Time Management and Assessment Tracking

In this session, Student Time Management Supports will be discussed with emphasis on the integration of Blackboard Course Calendar, Blackboard Reminders, and Time Management Apps. Further discussion will provide a holistic approach to supporting student assessment completion with movement towards an interactive digital alternative. Discussion will also touch on how providing interactive assessment supports will benefit faculty as well. This session will inspire Faculty to include an interactive tracking process into assessment design.
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Mitigating Academic Integrity

Explore tips and tricks to mitigate academic integrity in an online environment through the use of Lockdown Browser, Monitor, SafeAssign and Course Reports. Lockdown Browser Student Perspective Video Lockdown Browser Faculty Perspective Video Respondus Monitor Video
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Creating Tests in Blackboard to mitigate Academic Integrity Infractions

In this session, various Blackboard Testing Methods will be explored with the emphasis on their use to deter Academic Integrity issues. Integration of Testing Pools, Blackboard Test Generator, Mathematical Formula variable generation, Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be presented with the goal of integration into a Blackboard Course as appropriate. Faculty will be encouraged to introduce concepts to mitigate Academic Integrity and promote higher learning. Test Generator Blackboard Support
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Lori Yearwood and Erica Hargreave: Integrating Wellness

Lori Yearwood Integrating Wellness Practices into Your Online Course Lori is an exemplary teacher of academics, dance and yoga, as well as a talented character writer for various media platforms. Erica Hargreave Integrating Wellness Practices into Your Online Course Erica is an internationally award winning storyteller and educator, who relishes in telling stories across platforms of media, using technology creatively to do so. Visit their website.
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Dr. Emily Jane Faries – Keynote Speaker

Pre-contact, Contact, Post-contact - The Impact of European Colonization on First Nations People Dr. Emily J. Faries was awarded a National Achievement Award in 1998 for her education success and contribution to her people. Dr. Faries was an indigenous studies professor at Laurentian University of Sudbury for 24 years and just retired in 2019. Presentation (PDF)
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